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What is Smart Rhino Publications ... and Why This Kickstarter Campaign?

Smart Rhino Publications began in 2012 with the horror anthology ZIPPERED FLESH: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! The book included stories by Graham Masterton, John Shirley, Lisa Mannetti, L.L. Soares, Scott Nicholson, and 15 other notable authors. The book was so well-received, we decided to do a second anthology with the same theme.

In 2013, Smart Rhino published ZIPPERED FLESH 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! This anthology included two Bram Stoker Award nominees--"Primal Tongue" by Michael Bailey and "The Hunger Artist" by Lisa Mannetti--as well as 20 other stories. We're incredibly proud of this anthology.

And now we are pulling together the third in the ZIPPERED FLESH series ... and this time you can help with the project! Our main goal for this Kickstarter campaign is to increase our payments to our authors, aiming for professional rates. Our superb writers deserve it! As a small independent publisher, Smart Rhino Publications strives to publish quality books and provide venues for talented writers. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated ... and rewarded!

Check out the many great rewards we're offering for your support! We're sure you'll find something of interest, especially if you love horror and suspense fiction.

Thanks so much!

WHAT ARE THE FUNDS FOR?

As mentioned above, the primary reason for this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds in the hope of paying our writers professional rates. But here's the breakdown of what we're seeking.

Authors' payments (20 stories)  =  $6000

Layout & Production (editing, formatting, proofreading, etc.)  =  $600

Cover & Art Prints  =  $350

Publication Fees (ISBN, bar code, & other fees)  =  $550

Total:  $7500

WHO ARE THE AUTHORS SELECTED SO FAR FOR ZIPPERED FLESH 3?

Graham Masterton—Author of The Manitou, The Djinn, The Devil in Gray, Charnal HouseGhost Music, The Hell Candidate, and the Katie Maguire, Rook, and Night Warriors series, and many other novels and short stories. The Manitou, a huge bestseller, was made into the classic movie starring Tony Curtis. His story “Sex Object” was published in the first Zippered Flesh anthology.

William F. Nolan—Author of Logan’s Run, Logan’s World, Logan’s Search, Like a Dead Man Walking, Night ShapesThings Beyond Midnight, Helltracks, Night Shapes, and other books and short stories. He also wrote the screenplays for Burnt Offerings, Logan's Run, and Trilogy of Terror.

Billie Sue Mosiman—Author of The Grey Matter, Carnival Freak, People of the Tower, A Little Life, Night Cruising, and many other works. Her stories “The Flenser,” “The Night Gordon was Set Free,” and “Second Amendment Solution” have been published in Smart Rhino anthologies.

Jack Ketchum—Best-selling author of Off Season, The Girl Next Door, Offspring, I’m Not Sam, The Box, Red, The Crossings, and other novels and short stories. Many of his novels have been adapted for film.

Jeff Menapace—Author of the Bad Games trilogy, Wild Life, Cling, Numb, Side Effects, and Warped: A Collection of Short Horror, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction. "Worm," to be published in Zippered Flesh 3, is Jeff's first story for Smart Rhino.

Shaun Meeks—Author of At the Gates of Madness, Shutdown, Dark Reaches, and The Gate at Lake Drive. His stories “Taut,” “Despair,” and “Dead Bill” have been published in Smart Rhino anthologies.

James Dorr—Author of The Tears of Isis, Tombs, Darker Loves, Poludnitsa, Strange Mistresses, and other works. His stories have also appeared in many anthologies, the most recent being The Great Tome of Cryptids and Legendary Creatures.  His short story "The Wellmaster's Daughter" appeared in Uncommon Assassins, and "Labyrinth" in Insidious Assassins.

Meghan Arcuri-Moran—Meghan has written short stories for various anthologies, including Chiral Mad, Chiral Mad 3, and Miseria's Chorale. Her story "Worse Ways" was published in Smart Rhino's Insidious Assassins.

Jason Brock—Author of Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities, Disorders of Magnitude: A Survey of Dark Fantasy, and The Dark Sea Within and Other Macabre Revelations. Jason has also contributed to anthologies, including Qualia Nous, Night Terrors II, Shrieks and Shivers, Drive-In Creature Feature, and many others.

Sandra R. Campbell—Author of Butterfly Harvest, Dark Migration, and The Dead Days Journal. Sandra also occasionally writes short stories--including her first story for Smart Rhino, "The Gehenna Division - Case #609." Her stories have been published in Suspense Magazine, and her story "Abandoned" is in production with Chilling Entertainment

Adrian Ludens—Adrian has written for a number of anthologies, including Slices of Flesh, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, Gothic Fantasy Science Fiction Stories, Blood Life 3: Aftertaste, Shadows Over Main Street, and Darker Edge of Desire. His story "Slay It Forward" appeared in Insidious Assassins.

E.A. Black—Author of many short stories that have appeared in anthologies, including Midnight Movie Creature Feature 2, Mirages, Wicked Tales, Teeming Terrors, Heart of Farkness, and Stupefying Stories. She also writes erotic fiction under the name Elizabeth Black.Her story "We're All Mad Here" was published in the first Zippered Flesh.

Christine Morgan—Christine's stories have appeared in many publications, including The Book of All Flesh, Strange Stories of Sand and Sea, Fear of the Unknown, Hell Hath No Fury, and many others. Her stories "Thyf's Tale," "The Sun-Snake," "Sven Bloodhair," and "No One of Consequence" have been published in Smart Rhino anthologies.

L.L. Soares—L.L. Soares is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novel Life Rage. He also co-writes the Bram Stoker-nominated horror movie review column Cinema Knife Fight. His novella, Green Tsunami, written with his wife Laura Cooney, was published by Smart Rhino, and his stories "Sawbones," "Seeds," and "Sometimes the Good Witch Sings to Me"  have appeared in our anthologies.

REAP THE REWARDS!

Thumbs Up ($1 or more)

Thanks for giving us the thumbs up! We deeply appreciate it. Can you see our smile of gratitude?

Bring on the Pain! ($5 or more)

We'll add your name to the supporter list at the back of the book, and we'll email you a PDF copy of ZIPPERED FLESH 3 when it is released.

Bionic-Eye Level  ($15 or more)

We'll send you a clip-on book light, with a printed Smart Rhino logo. You'll also be added to our supporter list.

Tattoos Level ($20 or more)

You'll receive a flash drive  containing a PDF copy of ZIPPERED FLESH 3 when it is released and a PDF copy of BROKEN: STORIES OF DAMAGED PSYCHES, a collection of short stories by Weldon Burge, editor for Smart Rhino Publications. Plus we'll add your name to the supporter list at the end of the book.

Eyeball-Jewelry Level ($25 or more)

You'll receive a paperback copy of ZIPPERED FLESH 3 when it is released, with stories by William Nolan, Graham Masterton, Jack Ketchum, Billie Sue Mosiman, James Dorr, Shaun Meeks, and many others.  Plus we'll add your name to the supporter list at the end of the book.

Monster-Steroid Level ($35 or more)

A special, limited-edition, wrap-around Smart Rhino Publications coffee mug (or desk pen holder), plus we'll email you a PDF copy of ZIPPERED FLESH 3 and add your name to the supporter list published at the end of the book.

Ear-Sculpting Level ($40 or more)

You'll receive a beautiful, high-quality print of the original cover art, signed by the artist Shelley Everitt Bergen, plus we'll email you a PDF copy of ZIPPERED FLESH 3 and add your name to the supporter list published at the end of the book..

Tongue-Splitting Level ($50 or more)

Really want a taste of body modifications gone awry? How about all three of the ZIPPERED FLESH anthologies? Oh, and your name appears in the supporter list.

Artificial-Limbs Level ($60 or more)

Looking for suspense to accompany the horror? Let's add the SOMEONE WICKED anthology to the ZIPPERED FLESH trilogy. Plus your name in the supporter list. SOMEONE WICKED includes stories by members of the Written Remains Writers Guild, as well as work by Billie Sue Mosiman, Chantal Noordeloos, Joseph Badal, Shaun Meeks, Christine Morgan, L.L. Soares, Christine Morgan, Barbara Ross, Russell Reece, Doug Blakeslee, and Ernestus Jiminy Chald.

Skin-Stretching Level ($70 or more)

What if we add two Smart Rhino novellas (THE BOX JUMPER and GREEN TSUNAMI) to the ZIPPERED FLESH trilogy? And we'll add your name to the supporter list. THE BOX JUMPER, by Lisa Mannetti, was a Bram Stoker Award nominee and earned Best Novella of the Year from This Is Horror in the UK. GREEN TSUNAMI, by Laura Cooney and L.L. Soares, is a post-apocalyptic, SF/horror novella involving a mysterious "green tsunami" that sweeps the planet.

Scarification Level ($100 or more)

This package includes two "Assassins" anthologies (UNCOMMON ASSASSINS and INSIDIOUS ASSASSINS) and all three ZIPPERED FLESH books. A great collection of horror and suspense stories! And your name will be published in the supporter list.

Branding Level ($120 or more)

Besides the  ZIPPERED FLESH trilogy, this package includes a print of the original cover art, signed by the artist Shelley Everitt Bergen. And your name is added to the supporter list.

Face-Transplant Level ($150 or more--limit of 3)

At this level, we'll name one of the characters after you in one of the stories we publish. Plus you'll receive all three ZIPPERED FLESH anthos. Plus we'll add your name to the supporter list.

Brain-Piercing Level ($200 or more--limit of 10)

Definitely one of our best offers! You can get all 11 books published by Smart Rhino, including all three ZIPPERED FLESH anthologies; the two ASSASSINS anthologies; the SOMEONE WICKED anthology; both editions of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER AND HUCK FINN (Adult and YA); THE BOX JUMPER novella, with Houdini as a central character; the SF/horror novella GREEN TSUNAMI; and BROKEN, a collection of short stories by Smart Rhino editor Weldon Burge. And, of course, your name will be included in our list of supporters!

Microchip Implant Level ($500 or more--limit of 2)

Have a horror/suspense short story you'd like critiqued/edited? At this level, Smart Rhino's Executive Editor, Weldon Burge, will work over your manuscript (max. 6,000 words) and discuss with you options for submission. You'll also receive the ZIPPERED FLESH trilogy, and get your name published in the supporter list at the end of the ZIPPERED FLESH 3 anthology.

Cyborg Level ($800 or more--limit of 2)

Our best reward of all! Not only will you receive ALL of the books currently published by Smart Rhino Publications--including ZIPPERED FLESH 3 when it is released--but Smart Rhino's Executive Editor, Weldon Burge, will critique/edit a horror/suspense short story that you've written (max. 6,000 words) and discuss with you options for submission.

It's a sweet deal!

ARE THERE STRETCH GOALS?

Glad you asked. YES!

Stretch Goal #1: If we reach a goal of $8,500 or more, we'll start adding more stories to the anthology.

Stretch Goal #2: If we reach a goal of $10,000 or more, we'll add art to the anthology (and we already have a number of artists lined up).

 THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Of course, we're hoping this Kickstarter campaign is successful. But if there are any changes or delays in the publication plan over the next year, we will let our supporters know.

If this campaign does not reach its funding goal, Smart Rhino Publications will still publish ZIPPERED FLESH 3--just with limited funding.

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